With the advent of online security solutions, organisations have begun to use e-procurement for sourcing goods and services. Various organisations have automated their purchasing cycles. All the steps ranging from indent to receiving the payment can be completed online. The system eliminates the need for paper work and helps reduce indirect costs. Tenderers can now participate in the Balmer Lawrie online tenders process from any location at their convenience.
Minimum requirements for vendors participating in the Balmer Lawrie e-procurement process:
Computer system requirements:
- A Pentium III processor or a higher version
- A RAM of minimum128 MB
- A reliable internet connection
- Internet browser – Internet Explorer version 8.0 or 9.0. The e-procurement portal is not compatible with any other other browser. Add https://balmerlawrie.eproc.in to ‘Trusted sites’ in the browser.
- Operating system – Windows 2000 professional, Windows XP service pack III or Windows 7.
- Java runtime environment – If it is not installed, it can be downloaded from the Balmer Lawrie e-tendering portal.
Digital signature certificate requirements for Balmer Lawrie e-tenders:
- A valid class 2 digital signature certificate (DSC).
- One USB port (If the DSC comes in a USB token).
- The DSC dongle driver has to installed before logging in onto the e-procurement portal.
- Certificate with full chain
Digital signature certificates for online tenders in India:
The tenderers can buy Sify digital signature certificates online at email@example.com Depending on their requirements, users can purchase class 2 digital signatures certificates which are valid for a period of one year or two years. With the introduction of e-governance in India, digital certificates have become crucial and are used for e-procurement, online tenders, e-ticketing, e-filing etc.
For registering on the Balmer Lawrie e-tenders portal, the certificate has to be valid. Vendors should should ensure the validity of the certificate. They are recommended to get the certificate renewed well in advance, to avoid login issues at the last moment. The tenderers would not be able to submit their bids for online tenders with an expired DSC.
Vendors can obtain their DSC from a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) or a Licensed Registration Authority (LRA). At firstname.lastname@example.org, the vendor simply needs to fill the online registration form and send it to the office with the required documents. In case of any queries or technical assistance, users can contact the representative at email@example.com . Upon receipt of the application, the certifying authority initiates the verification process. The certificate is issued within seven working days.
Licensed certifying authorities operate under the Root Certifying Authority of India (RCAI), Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) of India. CAs are licensed third-party organisations that issue digital certificates. The certificates are used to create digital signatures and public-private key pairs. CAs guarantee the identity of the two users exchanging information during online transactions in which digital certificates are used. CAs play a crucial role in data security and electronic commerce.